Photographs from the Morehouse & Wells Fire

Dublin Core

Title

Photographs from the Morehouse & Wells Fire

Subject

Fires
Photo File: Fires
Decatur IL
1909

Description

Several photographs from the August 22, 1909 Morehouse & Wells fire that took out nearly a block of downtown Decatur businesses. The fire started in the Morehouse & Wells building on East Main and destroyed half the block bounded by Merchant, Prairie, Water and East Main St. The fire was thought to have originated in the elevator shaft of Morehouse and Wells and quickly spread from that building to the surrounding buildings. In total, twenty-one business buildings were destroyed and nearly forty offices were destroyed, including the Shade-Lokey Shoe Store, Hirsch and Elwood & Handlin stores, Rodgers & Clark store, and the Bachrach Building. From the time the fire was discovered to the time the fire was completely extinguished seven hours and forty-five minutes elapsed. The estimated total damage to commercial business was $1,000,000. The fire brought out a lot of interested crowds, including an estimated 20,000 out of town visitors. This was one of the largest fires to occur in Decatur.

Creator

Herald and Review
J. K. Stafford
International Stereograph Co.

Source

Photo File: Fires

Publisher

Herald and Review
Decatur Public Library, Decatur IL

Date

8/22/1909

Contributor

Herald and Review
Mr. and Mrs. Jack French

Rights

The Decatur Public Library owns and maintains all copyright on materials featured on omeka.decaturlibrary.org. These materials cannot be used without prior consent. Please contact the Local History Room at the Decatur Public Library for more information.

Relation

none

Format

.jpg
600 dpi

Language

English

Type

Photograph

Identifier

FR46-FR74

Coverage

Fires, Photo File: Fires, Decatur IL, 1909

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

7.75 x 10"
5 x 8"
5.5 x 8"
6 x 8"
4 x 8"
4.75 x 6"
4.5 x 6"
7.5 x 9.75"
2.5 x 8"
4.5 x 8"
5.5 x 6.5"
3.5 x 5"
4.5 x 7"

Files

FR46-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-1, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR47-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-2, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR48-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-3, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR49-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-4, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR50-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-5, HIRSCH CO, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR51-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-6, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR52-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-7, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR53-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-8, 12-31-1909.jpg
FR54-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-9, 12-31-1909.jpg
FR55-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-10, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR56-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-11, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR57-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-12, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR58-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-13, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR59-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-14, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR60-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-15, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR61-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-16, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR62-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-17, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR63-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-18, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR64-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-19, 8-22-1909.jpg
FR65-MOREHOUSE & WELLS-20, 8-22-1909.jpg

Collection

Citation

Herald and Review J. K. Stafford International Stereograph Co., “Photographs from the Morehouse & Wells Fire,” Decatur Public Library Local History Photo Collection, accessed August 20, 2019, http://omeka.decaturlibrary.org/items/show/3124.